Photographer Salgado captures untouched nature in new UK show

Tue Apr 9, 2013 1:21pm EDT
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By Li-mei Hoang

LONDON (Reuters) - Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado considers the eight years he spent documenting the world's most dramatic landscapes and indigenous communities a small price to pay for his art.

His latest exhibition, "Genesis", which opens at London's on April 11 Natural History Museum features striking monochrome images of lush rainforests, gigantic glaciers and Antarctic penguins alongside indigenous tribes such as the Brazilian Zo'e and Siberian Nenets.

"It was necessary to take eight years to photograph all of these," Salgado said gesturing towards his captivating images of albatrosses, whales and penguins from a trip to Argentina and Antarctica.

"It looks like a long time because for us, time goes very fast and eight years looks a lot but it is not in the speed of the planet, the speed of nature, it is nothing, eight years is nothing," he said.

The exhibition is Salgado's third long-term exploration of global issues, following his critically acclaimed "Workers and Migrations" series, which he hopes will help people to reflect on the nature in a different way.

"I wanted to present places that were untouched and remain so to this day. I want people to see our planet in another way, to feel moved and be brought closer to it," he said.

"I have the hope that people who come to see these pictures, will see our planet and see that we have incredible nature and we have an incredible mineral planet that is as alive as we are," he added.

Salgado, who is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, traveled to 32 countries which included the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador and Madagascar to help highlight the delicate balance of human relationships with nature and the plight of some of world's indigenous communities.   Continued...

Photographer Sebastiao Salgado talks to reporters at the preview of his exhibition "Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis" at the Natural History Museum, in London April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett